By Matt Hatch –
The Comets soccer team struggled to finish off McCaskey in a close game under the lights Monday.
The Penn Manor soccer team came into this game 3-3 with a close loss in their last contest against Hempfield. They needed the “W” to set their record past .500 with 4 wins and 3 losses.
And they did. By finding weaknesses in the Tornado defense, the Comets got a final chip shot over the goalie to end the game 3 to 1.
The game started off quickly for Penn Manor who pressured McCaskey’s defense to the breaking point. A rebound shot by Andrew Herr, three minutes into the game, gave the Comets their first goal. It looked like Penn Manor was going to dominate.
Penn Manor kept possession of the ball and Stephen Guidos was able to finish a play with another goal only 11 minutes after the first one to take a two- goal lead.
“I thought we were going to blow them out,” said Kevin Reinhart, a Penn Manor soccer player after the Comets led by a score of 2-0.
Late in the first half McCaskey began to turn up the speed and were able to get some shots off at Penn Manor goalie Taylor Skelly. McCaskey was able to get a goal right before the half, turning the contest into a real game.
In the second half the teams were going back and forth trying to find a weak spot in the defense but no one had any success until finally a goal was scored in the final minute by Herr with a chip shot over the goalie from the for the Comets to finish of McCaskey with a score of 3-1.
“Andrew Herr knows what to do and is always able to finish a shot,” said Juan Cubano, another Penn Manor soccer player.
Herr, scored two goals in the game and 12 goals this season, leading the Comets this season. The Penn Manor soccer team is now 3-3 and looking for another win Wednesday against Cedar Crest at home.